Birding · Fall Colors
Need to Know
This trail is shared with equestrians; know the right-of-way and don't spook a thousand pound beast of burden.
This trail is a blast BECAUSE it's so technical, but that also means it's challenging and occasionally a little itchy. Tall socks are helpful, or pants if the weather permits it.
A trailhead with VERY limited parking exists right at the junction of Wilderness and Vineyard roads, but this trail also connects to the Yellow Trail
Starting from the Wilderness Road TH, the sandy trail wanders along the edge of the park, the fence on the right and prairie on the left. Before long, it will "turn" right to go deeper into the woods, where the real fun begins.
The trail transitions from wide sandy/rocky footing to extremely narrow, still-occasionally-sandy singletrack. The footing is highly technical, further complicated by years of equestrian use; the track is a shin-high canyon lined by vegetation.
Several short but extremely stout climbs carry runners up and down through the forest; few junctions besides on with the Indian Trail
exist to confuse the route—at least until you reach the Yellow Trail
Once you reach that junction, you can turn left to get back to the barn area, which is off of Vineyard Road. Turn left on Vineyard to get back to the original trailhead.
Flora & Fauna
This trail wanders through dense thickets, and dense underbrush; in the fall, it is absolutely wonderful, but in high summer if the trail hasn't been trimmed recently, there is the potential for ticks, poison ivy, and nettles.
Shared By: Kenny Slocum